| November/December 1978

  • The Turner Fricke
    Pictured is the Turner Fricke -all 20 tons!
  • 15 HP electric lighting
    John Wilcox's 15 HP electric lighting Otto. It's a beauty!
  • 4 HP Domestic pumping engine
    This 4 HP Domestic pumping engine circulated water through the big engines.

  • The Turner Fricke
  • 15 HP electric lighting
  • 4 HP Domestic pumping engine

Coolspring, Connecticut 15730

Once again the Coolspring Hit and Miss Engine Society played the part of a perfect host to thousands of people at their June 24 and 25th show. The excitement of this show is difficult to match. The amount of 'Big Iron' that performed this year was amazing, as was the number of collectors that showed up with their own little beauties to show off. Among the stars of the show were a 40 HP Foos, a 25 HP Nash, and a 20 HP Klein.

The Wurlitzer band organ sitting in the midst of this excitement created an atmosphere of festivity - that kind that you feel at a three ring circus! Yes, it was difficult to decide which ring to observe first. However, there was not much competition for the limelight when the 20 ton four cylinder Turner-Fricke performed -with its 5?' flywheels and enough accompanying valves and gears clickety-clacking to verify that all four cylinders were producing energy - this was definitely exciting!! And to catch a ride in the steel-gray Caterpillar-Sixty was a treat; even watching that monster perform was enjoyable. The 5 HP Abenaque turning out 20 quart of ice cream per hour stole its share of attention. And, we all know now that there is no other ice cream once you've tasted homemade-via a gas engine

One cannot recollect everything that transpired those two days; the few events mentioned were just a few of the headliners. But to each was his own-everyone had their own particular headliner. What one person took pride in, many others appreciated-and there you have what this show is all about. For, when you work many hours, days, even years at a project you feel is worthwhile, it is very uplifting when one or many tell you 'we appreciate it.'


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